Golf was invented on an island. Surrounded by water, the Scots developed a game that continues to captivate millions of people around the world.
While Catalina’s golf course may not be as storied as St. Andrews, it still has plenty of history of its own. One of the oldest courses west of the Rockies, the Catalina Island Visitors Golf Course has hosted such greats as Bobby Jones and Tiger Woods.
The course stretches through Avalon Canyon where deer, foxes and Beechey’s ground squirrels, an endemic island species, can frequently be spotted. The par-32 executive course has two sets of tees for 18 holes.
If you’re looking for something a little more whimsical, the Golf Gardens are just the ticket. The 18-hole Catalina miniature golf course is fun for the whole family with secret tunnels, banked turns and cornucopia of surprises. Located in the center of town just past the Tour Bus Plaza, the Catalina Golf Gardens are an oasis of native plants and hidden waterways, surrounded by towering eucalyptus trees that are nearly 100 years old.
Catalina Island Vacation Rentals guests staying at Hamilton Cove can also take advantage of the professionally designed 18-hole putting course. Most of the Hamilton Cove villas have their own set of putters, if yours does not, a set can be checked out at the gatehouse.